grandma granddaughterIn response to recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence, the Victorian Government is funding the establishment of eight elder abuse prevention networks to collaborate at a community level and focus on the prevention of elder abuse.

As part of the Monash Health Integrated Model of Responding to Suspected Elder Abuse, SMPCP established the Southern Melbourne Elder Abuse Prevention Network (SMEAPN) in Janaury 2018. InJuly 2022, network member Better Place Australia took over leadership of SMEAPN.

The SMEAPN seeks to:

  • focus on primary prevention activities including:
    • addressing the drivers of elder abuse such as ageist attitudes in the community
    • conducting elder abuse awareness activities with older people, their families, carers and general community 
    • utilising social media as a platform for community engagement and to facilitate the dissemination of primary prevention messages
    • connecting practitioners working with older community members, their families and carers

A steering committee and working group have been established to guide the development of the EAPN and the delivery of primary prevention activities.

Members of the network include:

Bayside City Council   Jewish Care Victoria
Better Place Australia   Kingston City Council
Bolton Clarke   Monash Health
Central Bayside Community Health Services
City of Port Phillip
  Victoria Police
Glen Eira City Council   WHISE
Highett Neighbourhood House  

EveryAGE Counts

We recognise that ageism can contribute to the occurance of elder abuse which is why we have joined the
EveryAGE Counts campaign
 to combat ageism wherever we find it.

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Work of the SMPCP EAPN has included:

Resources of interest include:

To keep in touch with EAPN activities you can sign up for our e-newsletter or like us on facebook.

To express interest in participating in the SMPCP EAPN please contact:

Graeme Westaway
Project Lead
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9556 5314


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This project is supported by the Victorian Government


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